Monthly Archives: May 1915

31st May 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather. It was not bad weather yesterday but the sea was in a bad mood and in consequence I suffered. It was a good job that it was Sunday and not much doing for I didn’t feel … Continue reading

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30th May 1915

At Sea. I am writing these notes on the day after as I was hors de combat for the greater part of the day yesterday thanks to the sea, sea, sea. I am not going to bed today. At 12 … Continue reading

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29th May 1915

At Queensferry. Weather same as that of yesterday, but I suppose we must not expect to be always blessed with fine weather – for what would the farmers do, the poor things. It is quieter in the S. Bay today … Continue reading

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28th May 1915

At Queensferry. A change in the weather has manifested itself – it is dull, rainy and windy. Such weather has a depressing effect on me these days. The old Majestic – “Maj” in naval parley – has been sunk by … Continue reading

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27th May 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather. Papers inform us today of the torpedoing in the Dardanelles of H. M. S. Triumph – by a submarine. It is good to hear that most of the crew were saved. Received a letter from Mother … Continue reading

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26th May 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather. Nothing special to note beyond the fact that I acted dentist again today and added another scalp – or rather tooth – to my belt. I have also received a letter from you.

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25th May 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather again. We have been pretty busy in the Sick Bay today and I have not been able to find time to write a letter to anyone. There are 14 men on the list today and then … Continue reading

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24th May 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather. Orders have been received in the ship for the discontinuance of diaries by men who have been keeping them. I’m afraid the suppression of diaries will not meet with the desired success. I for one am … Continue reading

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23rd May 1915

At Queensferry. A very fine day indeed. It is Sunday and as there was nothing much doing after the 1 p.m. dressings I took the “People” and myself up on the foc’s’le. It was lovely and warm and so warm … Continue reading

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22nd May 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather. I am told that a private signal has been received from the Admiralty stating that a German sub. has been run ashore at Aberdeen. It was chased by armed trawlers and ran aground. The crew of … Continue reading

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21st May 1915

At Queensferry. A change in the weather today – very dull and foggy. The appearance of the harbour reminds me of paintings by Whistler of the Thames at dusk. I have not mentioned before I don’t think that there are … Continue reading

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20th May 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather. Letters from Judy and Net arrived today. I have written to you today. Our latest importation for use against the Huns are bombs. Our Commander remarked when they came on board, “We are all ready for … Continue reading

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19th May 1915

At Queensferry. Fine. I generally get a letter or two after a trip to sea and this time was no exception to the rule. Letters from Ma and my cousin Nina were delivered into my hands today. I found time … Continue reading

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18th May 1915

At sea. We have been steaming south since we left last night so I should think we are somewhere between the English and German coast. All the Grand Fleet is out here and wherever one looks ships can be seen. … Continue reading

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17th May 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather. I have received a letter from you today. I have answered the one from my Aunt. Another hospital ship has arrived today – the S.S. Plassy – probably to take the place of the Rewa. She … Continue reading

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16th May 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather again. The only thing I have to note out of the usual is that we have had some rhubarb for “sweets” today. This is more of a change than you would guess, hence the notification herein.

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15th May 1915

At Queensferry. Another fine day. Received a letter from my Aunt at Crabtree. It contains something of interest to you in the following sentence:- “I do not see much of the young lady next door but I often hear a … Continue reading

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14th May 1915

At Queensferry. Fine again today. The snow has disappeared under the warm rays of yesterday’s sun. All our 6″ and 7.5″ lyddite shells have been taken away today and replaced by shrapnel and common shell. It is singular but the … Continue reading

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13th May 1915

At Queensferry. A nice sunny day. Still some snow to be seen on the braes and it makes a very pretty picture with the sun shining on it. Had the bad news today that the Goliath had been torpedoed in … Continue reading

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12th May 1915

At Queensferry. I slept jolly cold last night and was not surprised when on opening up the ports this morning to see the distant hills covered with snow. Fancy snow in May – but of course this is Bonnie Scotland … Continue reading

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11th May 1915

At Queensferry. It is a dull rainy old day and quite opposite to the weather conditions of yesterday. I have received letters from Mother and Judy. I have written to both of them. Nothing special to report today.

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10th May 1915

At Queensferry. Dropped anchor at 2-15 a.m. I heard it and that was all. Am getting used to these unearthly noises now and getting more sensible in my old age. Coaling operations are now in progress. I learn that the … Continue reading

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9th May 1915

At Sea. Fine weather. ¬†We have today received by wireless the bad news that the Lusitania has been sunk by a submarine. We can hardly credit the news and hope it is not true that she has gone down with … Continue reading

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8th May 1915

At sea. It is fine again today. We are rather lucky to catch such fine weather in these parts. I was told today that we are about 500 miles North of Queensferry so we will have the weekend at sea … Continue reading

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7th May 1915

At sea. Fine weather. A heavy swell exists today and our old tub is rolling pretty heavily. We are well north of the Shetland Islands and it is none too warm, the air being quite frosty-like. This morning and afternoon … Continue reading

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6th May 1915

At sea. Fine weather thank goodness. At different times today birds of the starling and hawke type have flown over and around the ship and have followed us for a long time. As we have encountered thick fog today I … Continue reading

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5th May 1915

At Queensferry. Fine day. The Hospital Ship China went out after dinner and I couldn’t resist the temptation to “snap” her, altho’ this is against the Admiralty Orders. No photos are supposed to be taken of anything outside the ship … Continue reading

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4th May 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather. Wrote letters to Marion and also to my Uncle in New Zealand. This is the first time I have written to him since August 1913. I have never received a reply to that letter, neither have … Continue reading

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3rd May 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather. Wrote a letter to you this afternoon. Another race between cutters took place this morning, but our boat did not take part this time. Four ships were interested as principals, but a boat race always holds … Continue reading

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2nd May 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather. It is Sunday and altho’ you may not think so one of the busiest forenoons of the week comes with this day. This is the day set aside for inspection by all Captains. I think it … Continue reading

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1st May 1915

At Queensferry. Much brighter day today owing, I suppose, to the fact that I have received a letter from you. You admit being a little adrift in writing to me, owing to working late hours. Rumours are again current about … Continue reading

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